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Explore DC's Arboretum: a hidden gem

Washington, United States

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Experience hosted by Ruth E.

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will meet at the Visitor's Center at the National Arboretum and set out for an approximately 3-mile moderate hike to explore some of the gardens, meadows and woods in this 400+ acre treasure. During our walk we will pause to highlight some of my favorite points of interest and unique history, while enjoying the beauty of our local flora and fauna along the way. I'll share all sorts of interesting stories of the Arboretum that most locals don't even know.

Given how much space there is, it will be easy to be physically distant, but masks are still required. Thanks!

Our walk will take about two hours and go over hilly and uneven terrain so I encourage wearing good walking shoes and dressing for the weather.

Please note that per Airbnb's policy (which I can't change), this tour is rain or shine. I will cancel only if conditions make the tour unsafe (i.e. lightning).
Other things to note
If you are bringing a child under two, I don't recommend a stroller as a lot of the ground is uneven and would be difficult to traverse. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leash.
We will meet at the Visitor's Center at the National Arboretum and set out for an approximately 3-mile moderate hike to explore some of the gardens, meadows and woods in this 400+ acre treasure. During our walk we will pause to highlight some of my favorite points of interest and unique history, while enjoying the beauty of our local flora and fauna along the way. I'll share all sorts of interesting stories of the Arboretum that most locals don'…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    a bottle of water for everyone
From $24
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Ruth E.

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I work at an international human rights non-profit and have traveled to 35+ countries, but one of my favorite places on earth is the U. S. National Arboretum, a hidden gem right in the city. I've helped with tours of the Arboretum as a volunteer for about 10 years and would love to show you my favorite spots and share what I've learned about this beautiful place.
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Where you'll be

We will begin by exploring the incredible azalea collection that was the catalyst for the Arboretum opening to the public and have the opportunity to stand under the original U. S. Capitol Columns. We will make our way across the spacious landscaped grounds exploring some of keystone collections of the Arboretum including the unique Asian Gardens as well as the Native Plant and Conifer exhibits.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 17 reviews.

Gloria
November 2019
This was a lovely and unique experience in DC. The place is so beautiful and relaxing, and Ruth is a fantastic host, very warming and knowledgeable. Super recommend!
Jon
October 2019
This tour was incredible and Ruth has an amazing amount of knowledge about all the different plants and trees we saw on the path. She was very personal and got to know us both. I could not recommend this tour enough.
Jeremy
October 2019
What a great day - my partner Nadia and I joined two friends to tour the arboretum with Ruthie. Ruthie is a very knowledgable and gracious guide, with an infectious passion for the Arboretum. I had been a couple times in the past because I live in DC, but not really gone around the grounds. It was great to see all the sections of the Arboretum that I hadn’t seen before. The bonzai area was stunning, and the Asian gardens as well. The whole trip we were surrounded by nature and interesting plants, it was an escape from the city. Definitely worth seeing for yourself!
What a great day - my partner Nadia and I joined two friends to tour the arboretum with Ruthie. Ruthie is a very knowledgable and gracious guide, with an infectious passion for the…
Lee
October 2019
I live in DC and needed some time with friends in nature. The arboretum was that and more. I now think it's one of the best places for a sunny afternoon trip. With Ruth, we saw and learned about so many areas I would have missed. I'm still telling friends about it. If you're reading this, you have to go!
I live in DC and needed some time with friends in nature. The arboretum was that and more. I now think it's one of the best places for a sunny afternoon trip. With Ruth, we saw and…
Jill
October 2019
My group of friends and I loved our adventure last weekend with Ruth. We all live in DC. I've never quite known where to go at the arboretum, even with a map, like I'm missing some of the wonders. I was right! Ruth was a spectacular guide and now the arboretum is one of my favorite places! It felt like a "day trip" even though we didn't leave the city. Without Ruth, I would have zipped by so much without realizing what I was seeing. I'm looking forward to bringing visitors and family back for the tour. Plus, Ruth is caring, funny and easy going- a joy to be with. Thanks for a joy filled day!
My group of friends and I loved our adventure last weekend with Ruth. We all live in DC. I've never quite known where to go at the arboretum, even with a map, like I'm missing some…
Beverly
September 2019
Don’t leave Washington D.C. without checking out the National Arboretum. And for a truly wonderful learning experience, go on a guided tour with Ruth. It’s a beautiful place to spend an hour or a day.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 9 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

good comfortable walking shoes

clothes that match the weather - usually layers are a good idea